Asking for book recommendations is always fun

Pasting below a facebook thread for posterity.

Looking to read some more books this summer, I asked for suggestions on historical fiction on twitter and got some wonderful titles. Sharing the list below. Do tell me, which ones are your favourites or you have any

From the Flashman Comic. This picture has been sourced from Wikimedia.


In historical fiction, I enjoy more political thrillers — books which probe the, “what if”, inverting a fact and then embellishing it with fiction (as opposed to Irving Stone’s the Agony and the Ecstacy). The type of book, which could fall afoul of the Supreme Court’s ruling in Devidas Ramachandra Tuljapurkar v. State Of Maharashtra.

Edit: Further books sourced and added from the FB Comments below. Thank you all for these excellent recommendations! Since I have not read most of the books below I cannot rate or list them as per preference. The only rule for the list below beyond its topical collection is a cut off of 2 books per author to ensure diversity. Beyond it everything is sorted alphabetically as per author name.

Now challenging myself to finish at least 5 of them this month.

The list.

  1. Amitav Ghosh, Sea of Poppies (Ibis Trilogy #1)
  2. Amitav Ghosh, the Glass Palace
  3. Anthony Doerr, All the Light We Cannot See
  4. Carlos Fuentes, The Death of Artemio Cruz
  5. Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind
  6. Colleen McCullough, The First Man in Rome
  7. Elizabeth E. Wein, Code Name Verity
  8. Elizabeth Kostova, The Historian
  9. George MacDonald Fraser, Flashman
  10. Günter Grass, Crabwalk
  11. Hillary Mantel, Wolf Hall / Bring Up the Bodies
  12. Indu Sundaresan, The Twentieth Wife (Taj Mahal Trilogy #1)
  13. Island- Huxley
  14. JG Farrell, The Siege of Krishnapur
  15. Kiran Nagarkar, Cuckold
  16. Kurt Vonnegut, Mother Night
  17. Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse Five
  18. Linsdey Davis, The Accusers
  19. Manto, Bitter Fruit: The Very Best of Saadat Hasan Manto
  20. Mario Vargas Llosa, The Dream of the Celt
  21. Mario Vargas Llosa, The Feast of the Goat
  22. Mario Vargas Llosa, The War at the End of the World
  23. Markus Zusak, The Book Thief
  24. Mary Renault, The Alexander Trilogy
  25. Mikhail Bulgakov, The Master and Margarita
  26. Mohsin Hamid, Moth Smoke
  27. Orhan Pamuk, My Name is Red
  28. Patrick Modiano, The Search Warrant
  29. Philip K. Dick, The Man in the High Castle
  30. Philip Roth, The Plot Against America
  31. Phillipa Gregory, The Alexander Trilogy
  32. Qurratulain Hyder, River of Fire (Aag Ki Darya)
  33. Robert Harris, Fatherland
  34. Rohinton Mistry, A Fine Balance
  35. Sarah Dunant, The Birth of Venus
  36. Susanna Clarke, Jonathan Strange and Mister Norrel
  37. Umberto Eco, The Name of the Rose
  38. Vikram Seth, A Suitable Boy
  39. Yashpal, Jhoota Sach (This Is Not That Dawn)

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